Fiona Howe trained as a classical pianist and flautist alongside a degree in literature. Her grandmother sang and played jazz piano, passing on her gift for improvisation and a taste for blue notes.
Fiona began songwriting in tandem with her film composition, and released her début album Mermaid’s Work in January 2016, eight songs exploring the connection between the female psyche and the sea, a kaleidoscope of emotional colours shifting and moving with the ebb and flow of the tide, creating an intimate, mysterious sound, a vocal that steals into the ear and seduces the listener with its story. The lyrics deal with desire and desolation, defiance and abandonment, inspiration and healing. The songs are scored sparingly, with violin and cello underpinning and interweaving the vocal and piano lines and occasional colour from flute and harp, but they are also accessible and melodic.
She is already well established in the British independent film scene, having produced and composed the soundtrack music for a trilogy of award nominated feature films: Desire (Nominated Best UK Feature, Raindance Film Festival), Delight (Nominated Best Feature, Moscow International Film Festival) and most recently a full orchestral/choral score for Delirium currently on release at selected UK cinemas following its world première in the Official Selection of Moscow International Film Festival 2017.
She is also active on a number of other projects including a musical novel She Danced, structured around a collection of love songs.
BASED: London, UK
GENRES: singer-songwriter, alternative, classical, folk
PUBLISHER: Mermaid Music
"Mermaid's Work" début album release date 16th January 2016
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